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Man dies in Niagara Falls after surviving 2003 plunge

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Speaking of daredevils and the risks they take…

From Niagara This Week:

A man who survived a plunge over Niagara Falls without protection in 2003 has died after he went over again, this time inside an inflatable ball.

Police tell the Syracuse Post-Standard the body of 53-year-old Kirk R. Jones was found in the Niagara River by the U.S. Coast Guard on June 2.

Detective Sgt. Brian Nisbet of the New York State Park Police says it’s the same man who became the first person to survive an unprotected plunge over the falls in October 2003.

Nisbet says investigators believe Jones attempted to go over the falls inside a three-meter ball on April 19.

1938: Disaster over Niagara Falls

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I came across this today, and had never heard it before. I’ve obviously heard of the event that led to the destruction of the Honeymoon Bridge, but I’d never heard a radio broadcast from the day it happened. CBC has a nice archives section and here is the audio for a broadcast that day:

In a cloud of snow and ice, the great bridge that crossed the Niagara River has collapsed upon itself. Now, all that remains of the Honeymoon Bridge are tangled cable lines, crushed wooden beams and twisted metal. Under the weight of an enormous amount of ice, the bridge’s beams gave way and fell into the freezing water below. In this on-the-scene report, CBC Radio captures the spectacle of the disaster as hundreds of tourists look on in shock.

Limited construction expected at Niagara Falls bridge crossings this season

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From WBFO News:

Cross-border travelers have more than Canada’s sesquicentennial to celebrate this summer. Canada’s history is going to change recent history on the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission’s three crossings this summer.
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Jet boats take to Niagara River for early season

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours launched five jet boats into the Niagara River Tuesday to get prepared for the summer season of taking people into the river rapids. Read More…

Hornblower cruises season starts (last) Saturday

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I know I’m a couple of days late…

From the Niagara Falls Review:

Hornblower Niagara Cruises is set to sail for a fourth season, starting Saturday.

The relatively mild winter meant there was no ice buildup in the Niagara River, so the boat tour operator set the April 1 start date and also began accepting bookings last month.

“We have some weather and ice-modelling programs that we’ve created over the last couple of years and, about a month ago, we knew there were not going to be any significant ice concerns so we livened up our ticket sales,” said general manager Mory DiMaurizio.

The popular tourist attraction also opened April 1 last year.

“It was a great early start to the season and a great indicator of what was a landmark year,” he said.

By comparison, the 2015 season didn’t start until April 30, following one of the coldest, longest winters on record. It’s inaugural season in 2014 started May 15.

Boats are equipped with radiant heaters and visitors have the option of viewing the cataracts from “dry zone” areas.

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Funny business down in the gorge

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

With help from some friends, Niagara comedian David Green has found the funny side to being lost in the woods.

Or at least the Niagara Gorge. Last fall, Green and a camera crew headed into the steep, often dangerous area near the Niagara River to film the “thrillarious” comedy Gorge. Read More…

Ice Boom Thwarts Nature and Tourism for the Profit of NYPA

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From the Niagara Falls Reporter:

It’s been over ten years now since I addressed New York Power Authority executives at their re-licensing hearing seeking the elimination of the ice boom on Lake Erie – Niagara River. Read More…

NIAGARA DISCOVERIES: Bridges at mighty Niagara Falls

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From the Niagara Gazette:

Last week marked the 79th anniversary of the collapse of the Upper Steel Arch Bridge (better known as the “Honeymoon” Bridge). Opened in 1898, it was the third of four bridges Read More…

105 years ago, Niagara Falls ice bridge cracks, and three are swept to their deaths

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From the Buffalo News:

Believe it or not, visitors to Niagara Falls used to be able to walk on the ice bridges that form naturally at the base of the cataracts.

The ice bridges form every winter, typically in January Read More…

Drop Goat Island Lodge Idea and Redevelop Schoelkopf Hall

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From Buffalo Rising:

When Governor Andrew M. Cuomo made his second regional State of the State address in Buffalo and announced his proposal for a $500 million expansion of the Buffalo Billion initiative, he announced a few changes on Goat Island:

On Goat Island we will create a year-round destination for tourism and build a world-class lodge with sweeping views of the Niagara River.

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